Organizational behavior management
Organizational behavior management (Applied Behavior Analysis) (OBM) is an important aspect of management which applies psychological principles of organizational behavior and the experimental analysis of behavior to organizations to improve individual and group performance and worker safety. The areas of application may include: systems analysis, management, training, and performance improvement. OBM is similar to human resource management, with more emphasis on applied behavior analysis and systems-level focus.
OBM interventions have been varied and include working with therapists on increasing billable hours  to increasing productivity in Fortune 500 companies to creating effective pay systems.
OBM takes principles from many fields, including behavioral systems analysis and performance management, although there is some debate as to whether taking principles from fields outside of behavior analysis meshes within the definition of OBM. Related fields include behavior-based safety and behavioral engineering.
History of OBM
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The history of this field is under some debate. Dr. Alyce Dickinson published an article in 2000 detailing the history of the field. The article states that the field emerged from within the field of behavior analysis. The first organized application of behavioral principles in business and industry was programmed instruction, however this application was before OBM emerged as a field. Although OBM is related to I/O psychology, because it is a behavioral field the historical precursors of I/O psychology are only chronological precursors and not causal precursors. The first university to offer a graduate program in OBM and systems analysis was Western Michigan University. The first teacher to teach the course was Dr. Dick Malott.
Journal of Organizational Behavior Management (JOBM)
The first journal was published in 1977. The first editor was Aubrey Daniels. The name of the field originates from this journal publication. The field of OBM publishes a quarterly journal. This journal was ranked the third most influential of its kind in a 2003 study.
Upon a review of the articles by Nolan et al. (1999), It showed that:
- The top three topics are productivity and quality, customer satisfaction, and training and development.
- 95% of the articles published were experimental and 5% were correlation.
- 80% of the articles published were done in the field and 20% were done in the laboratory.
- The research question was 57% theoretical and 45% applied.
- The research method used most is a within subjects design.
OBM might be seen as one of the distant branches of scientific management, originally inspired by Taylor. The principle difference between scientific management and OBM might be on the conceptual underpinnings: OBM is based on B.F. Skinner's science of human behavior.
- Olson: (2003) Organizational Culture Putting the Organizational Culture Concept to Work – The Behavior Analyst Today, 3(4), 473–478 BAO
- Michael C. Clayton & Linda Hayes (2004) Using Performance Feedback to Increase the Billable Hours of Social Workers: A Multiple Baseline Evaluation, The Behavior Analyst Today, 5(1), pp. 91–105 BAO
- Houmanfar, Herbst, & Chase: (2003) Organizational Change Applications in Behavior Analysis: A Review of the Literature and Future Directions. The Behavior Analyst Today, 4(1), 59–65 
- Honeywell-Johnson, Judith A.; McGee, Heather M.; Culig, Kathryn M. & Dickinson, Alyce M. (2001) Different Effects of Individual and Small Group Monetary Incentives On High Performance. The Behavior Analyst Today, 3(1), 88–103 
- Abernathy, William B. (2001) Focused vs. Consolidated Measures In Performance Pay Systems. The Behavior Analyst Today, 3(1), 7–12 
- Gilbreath & Harris (2002) Performance-Based Pay in the Workplace: Magic Potion or Malevolent Poison? The Behavior Analyst Today, 3(3), 311–316 BAO
- Hyten (2002) On the Identity Crisis in OBM. The Behavior Analyst Today, 3(3), 301–315 BAO
- Roman, H.R. & Boyce, T.E. (2001) Institutionalizing Behavior-Based Safety: Theories, Concepts, And Practical Suggestions. The Behavior Analyst Today, 3(1), 76–82 BAO
- Geller, E-S. (2001) Behavioral Safety: Meeting the Challenge of Making a Large-Scale Difference. The Behavior Analyst Today, 2(2), 64–75 BAO
- Dickinson, A. M. (2000). The historical roots of Organizational Behavior Management in the private sector: The 1950s - 1980s. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 20 (3/4), 9-58. http://alycedickinson.com/publications/Dickinson2000.pdf
- "JOBM Takes the Bronze!". obmnetwork.com.
- For example, Taylor's Principles of Scientific Management is listed on the OBM Network recommended books page 
- Bucklin, Barbara; Alvero, Alicia; Dickinson, Alyce; Austin, John; Jackson, Austin (2000). "Industrial-organizational psychology and organizational behavior management: An objective comparison". Journal of Organizational Behavior Management 20 (2): 27–75. doi:10.1300/J075v20n02_03.